In elementary schools, Genius Hour is a dedicated time where students can explore anything that interests them. Some sort of output is usually required in the form of a physical object, writing piece or digital multimedia presentation. Our Friday clubs are my school’s version of Genius Hour.
My Stitching Stallions were required to design and make blocks for Block Party, which is a kid-focused quilting exhibit (open to all K-12 students in Georgia) that will be on display during Georgia Celebrates Quilts in June, 2019. Most of my kids had never touched a sewing machine before the end of January. They love to sew long lines of fabric together, so we decided on strip pieced blocks as the overall design for everyone. The kids cut the bulk of the strips themselves using my Sizzix machine and strip dies. Some of the kids really took their time and kept a fairly consistent seam allowance throughout the entire block construction. They carefully selected colors that would complement one another and arranged their strips in a certain color order. Other kids took a lot of creative liberties with sewing wide seam allowances because they wanted different width strips, or sewing the strip directly on top of the other one because they liked the look. Their written block descriptions are due back Monday. I can’t wait to see what they wrote about the experience!
This Friday sewing club has been a treasured part of the past four years I’ve spent at this school. We learned on Friday afternoon that there would be no more clubs for the remainder of the year due to the new state-mandated testing schedule. The rumor mill (usually accurate) also says there will be no clubs next year. This confirms my feeling that it’s time to dismantle sewing studio B, re-home four sewing machines and divest the bulk of the craft materials (rather than waiting until the end of the year). Two sewing machines and some supplies will be kept in the Media Center for Maker Space activities.